The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
good David Cross, hateful David Cross,
Elizabeth Hardwick, and Julie Hecht.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 6, NO. 4

Menacing Earthworks
by Alexander Provan
Where does our ingrained fear of everything nuclear come from? And how does it affect the way we store our radioactive waste?

by Sarah Manguso
All autoimmune diseases invoke the metaphor of suicide. The body destroys itself from the inside.

The Moon Over the Gate
by Per Petterson
Why do some people go to the desert to erase themselves?

“An Original Adventure”
by Lisa Levy
Elizabeth Hardwick eluded domesticity and became a pioneer of New York women intellectuals.

Richard Price
interviewed by Alec Michod
“All good dialogue is funny.”

David Cross
interviewed by Adam Bulger and Eric Spitznagel
A double interview in which, in the spirit of doing something different, the comedian requests two interviews, one with someone who loves him, and one with someone who hates him.

Julie Hecht
interviewed by Andrew Nellins
How publishing is a pigsty, culture is declining, and the Christian Broadcasting Network gets it right.

Liso: An Oral History
edited by Peter Orner
A South African Christian legally brought to America to work illegally struggles to get home.

The 2007 Believer Book Awards
Including the editors’ short list and citations from Eileen Myles, Dean Young, Rivka Galchen, John Haskell, and others.

by Mindy Kaling

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Juliana Spahr’s The Transformation
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Nadine Gordimer’s Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black
reviewed by Adam Novy

Jason Brown’s Why the Devil Chose New England For His Work
reviewed by Nina MacLaughlin

Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlop’s Autonauts of the Cosmoroute
reviewed by Laird Hunt

Aaron Fagan’s Garage
reviewed by Idra Novey

Donald Ray Pollock’s Knockemstiff
reviewed by Suzanne Kleid

Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles
reviewed by David Stromberg

Old Mosquito & Mother’s Pianos: two new poems
by Ilya Kaminsky

Things to Do on a Rainy Day: a new poem
by Mary Ruefle

Fable: a new poem
by Dean Young

Schema: The Four Quadrants of the Apocalypse
by Jesse Nathan